4. “Runnin’ With the Devil”
Since this song, not “Eruption,” opened Van Halen’s debut album, Eddie didn’t want to give too much away in terms of his ability. So the solo lick for “Runnin’ With The Devil” is fairly straightforward and not too fast, and even appears twice on the track. If nothing else, the solo shows Eddie’s tremendous melodic talents as a guitar player. In other words, he doesn’t just know how to shred.
3. “Beat It” (Michael Jackson)
Need more evidence that Eddie is one of the very best guitarists that ever lived? He landed a guest spot on one of the biggest albums of all-time. The main riffs and solo of Michael Jackson’s classic hit “Beat It” just has EVH written all over it. As you’ll see in the video, the solo does its best to make a choreographed knife fight in a Michael Jackson video look as bad-ass as possible.